Maine outdoes Pennsylvania with 1,000-pound whoopie pie

Posted March 26, 2011, at 9:20 a.m.
Last modified March 27, 2011, at 5:52 p.m.

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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — They definitely make whoopie in Maine. As in whoopie pies.

In an effort to outdo Pennsylvania, a Maine radio station teamed up with a whoopie-pie maker to create a massive one topping the scales at 1,067 pounds Saturday.

State Reps. Paul Davis and Emily Cain, sponsors of a bill to declare the whoopie pie Maine’s official “treat,” were on hand as it was assembled at the Maine Mall in South Portland.

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The idea was to outdo Pennsylvania, where people created a 250-pound whoopie pie in September at an annual festival in Lancaster County.

“We’re just stealing the title from them,” said Randi Kirshbaum, program director of WMGX, a radio station that teamed up with a business called Wicked Whoopies to make the huge treat.

A friendly competition has broken out since Maine tried to claim the whoopie pie, which consists of chocolate cakes filled with creamy frosting. Pennsylvania took exception to Maine’s claim, saying whoopie pies were actually invented by the Amish.

A forklift was needed to manage the devil’s-food top and bottom, baked beforehand.

A big crowd who watched the event got to eat some samples. Kirshbaum imagined that after that experience, some might be sick of whoopie pies for a bit.

Other parts of the giant whoopie will be wrapped up and sent to Maine troops overseas. Others will go to a local food bank.

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